The Three of Pentacles is the card of teamwork, collaboration, and working towards shared goals. This card shows a young apprentice working on the construction of a cathedral. He is discussing his work with two others, a priest and a nobleman. They are all working together to achieve their mutual goal of building the cathedral.
The Three of Pentacles reminds us of that quote, “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.” It takes more than just ourselves to build something great. This is true in relationships as well, because it takes two to tango.
If you are asking about what is the outcome of a relationship, and you draw the Three of Pentacles, that means that you work brilliantly together as a team. It is astrologically associated with Mars in Capricorn, which is both a dynamic as well as a grounded and stable energy. This is the kind of relationship where you’re not only lovers, but also friends. You and your person have great potential to do more than just build a relationship, you can co-create together, whether that be a family, a business, an empire. The two of you have a similar vision of what you want out of this relationship. You also likely have similar goals in life in general.
The Three of Pentacles as love outcome is a sign of collaborating as a couple. This is the card that signifies creating and building something together with your person. Apart from co-creating, this is also an energy of creativity and children. This is a great card to see in a reading if you’re looking to start a family with somebody. For example, you may have a passion project that you share together. Usually, this card signifies the energy of a couple who bond over a common interest.
If you are wondering about a potential relationship, the Three of Pentacles as love outcome means having a great rapport with each other. Before you even entered into a romantic relationship with his person, you possibly already had some level of platonic camaraderie. This is a great energy to have in a relationship, as it usually means being able to be open with each other on a friend level. Most relationships require compromise, but not all couples are able to compromise gracefully. The number 3, an odd number, in numerology usually indicates a need to rebalance and compromise. But the Three of Pentacles is a good sign that the two of you can do this in a mostly harmonious and conflict-free manner.
If you are in a new relationship, the Three of Pentacles as love outcome means getting to know each other, and building a foundation. The card that precedes the Three of Pentacles, the Two of Pentacles, is all about adapting and being flexible. The card that follows the Three of Pentacles is the Four of Pentacles, which is all about building a foundation and retention. So, the Three of Pentacles is somewhere in between those two energies where you’re both adapting and getting accustomed to each other’s dynamics. This is a marker of a healthy relationship.
If you are in an existing relationship, the Three of Pentacles as love outcome means dealing with things as a unit. You are the type of couple to always have each other’s backs. When one of you gets into trouble, the other person goes to their defense. You tackle issues together. If you have children with this person, drawing this card is a confirmation that you are doing an excellent job co-parenting and raising your children together. If you run a business or creative project as a couple, you bring out the best in each other.
If you are currently in separation with each other, the Three of Pentacles as love outcome means working together to work something out. Although the number 3 is an odd number, in numerology it is the card that signifies cooperation. Cooperation requires equal and balanced give and take of energy between a couple. If you are separated by distance, you and your person are working together to make your long-distance relationship work. In astrology the third house is also a symbol of short-distance travel, so you may be working to be closer to each other geographically. If you are inquiring about an ex you’re interested in reconciling with, your person is open to reconciliation. They are willing to and do what they can to heal the relationship.
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If you are asking about what is the outcome of a relationship, and you draw the Three of Pentacles reversed, that means that there is a lack of cooperation in this relationship. Your person might be very stubborn. They may have their ways about them, or certain beliefs about relationships. They may not be very accommodating or flexible to your needs. This person might expect you to adapt to them in every aspect of life. Be mindful to set boundaries, and stand your ground if you feel like those boundaries are being crossed in any way.
The Three of Pentacles reversed as love outcome is a sign of lack of harmony. Rather than being in a democratic relationship where both of you get to have your say, this relationship may have somewhat “dictatorial” vibes to it. Your person could be very controlling and strict. Because the number 3 in numerology usually symbolizes creativity, you may find that your person dulls your life. Rather than making your life more exciting, you feel stifled, they’re cramping your style.
If you are wondering about a potential relationship, the Three of Pentacles reversed as love outcome means you need to be flexible. This may also be a warning that you may be dealing with somebody who is uncooperative and inflexible. The card that precedes the Three of Pentacles is the Two of Pentacles, which is a card that teaches us to be open to adapting to new situations. The Two of Pentacles prepares us for what happens when the Three of Pentacles is drawn in reverse. This is one of those moments when the ability to adapt will be very helpful. Sometimes relationships don’t go as planned, but usually it’s because the Universe has something better lined up for us.
If you are in a new relationship, the Three of Pentacles reversed as love outcome means a lack of cooperation. Although the chemistry might be there when you’re intimate, outside the bedroom things might not be as harmonious. Maybe you and your person have vastly different lifestyles. This is enough to make working with your partner difficult. Another possibility when this card is drawn in the reverse is, you may not get along with their friends, siblings, or their children. Consider what you can do to better get along with your personal support system. Compromise will be needed.
If you are in an existing relationship, the Three of Pentacles reversed as love outcome means being in a slightly chaotic energy. Not only is there a sense of the relationship being directionless, it also feels disorganized. Relationships are not meant to be too structured, they should be fun and spontaneous. However, when this card is drawn in the reverse, it’s never clear when you’re getting together, or you don’t have a routine that you share with your partner. Worst case scenario, the Three of Pentacles in reverse may indicate a third party situation. That third party may not even be a person, but rather your person’s tendency to prioritize their career over you or the family that you’ve built together.
If you are currently in separation with each other, the Three of Pentacles reversed as love outcome means not being on the same page on some key issues. If you are separated by distance, the two of you may have a difficult time agreeing on the direction this relationship goes. You may feel disorganized when it comes to the logistics of making this long-distance relationship work. If one of you has jealous or possessive tendencies, there could be a lot of bickering over third party situations, real or imagined. If you are inquiring about an ex you’re interested in reconciling with, your person is unwilling to cooperate with you. If they do agree to reconcile with you, they are not about to make any necessary compromises to heal the situation.
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For love readings, the Three of Pentacles represents hard work and collaboration. A relationship cannot be held up by one person. The two of you have to work well together as a team. Together, you can achieve anything, as long as you both have your eyes on the same goal and both put in the effort to achieve it.
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